Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on the 9th tee during day four of the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, Sunday July 14, 2019. Image Credit: AP

White Sulphur Springs: It is only 16 days since Rory McIlroy was crowned FedEx Cup champion but players are already gearing up for the new US PGA Tour season with the opening event, the Greenbrier Classic, kicking off in West Virginia on Thursday.

With the calendar even more crowded thanks to the golf event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Classic will be the first of 49 official FedEx Cup events, of which 11 will be played between now and late November as part of the so-called ‘wraparound’ season.

World No 10 Bryson DeChambeau heads the field in West Virginia, while the spotlight will also be on 2018 US amateur champion Viktor Hovland as the Norwegian makes his debut as a Tour member after a series of impressive results since turning pro in June.